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What I mean is HDMI capable of 24/196 output, not resampling everything. Using HDMI when you can use optical is useful becuase HDMI can carry multichannel PCM while optical has to compress anything with more than two channels, plus HDMI wiring has much less jitter than optical. Digital outputs don't need to be balanced, its just zeros and ones, the balanced output would come from the pre-pro or receiver.

Plus a high-quality pre-pro/amp or receiver setup will ALWAYS have a cleaner, higher quality digital-to-analog converter than a nice sound card. Its not for everyone, such a setup is expensive and bulky, but you can get much higher quality.
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What I mean is HDMI capable of 24/196 output, not resampling everything. Using HDMI when you can use optical is useful becuase HDMI can carry multichannel PCM while optical has to compress anything with more than two channels, plus HDMI wiring has much less jitter than optical. Digital outputs don't need to be balanced, its just zeros and ones, the balanced output would come from the pre-pro or receiver.

Plus a high-quality pre-pro/amp or receiver setup will ALWAYS have a cleaner, higher quality digital-to-analog converter than a nice sound card. Its not for everyone, such a setup is expensive and bulky, but you can get much higher quality.
Ah, I knew that optical can do linear PCM, just not only in two channels. And I didn't mean that the digital signal isn't balanced, balanced only come after the DAC, of course. My point is that there are almost no A/V receivers with balanced outputs, even at the top of the Denon's range it is still single ended.

Though I still maintain that for music listening optical or USB will still be the better choice, considering that the lack of SACD and DVD audio currently, investment in a multichannel setup will be overkill. Especially considering if you can spend $20,000 on a multichannel setup, you can also spend $20,000 in a superior stereo setup, and the sound will be just as clean, considering you're only using the optical or USB to feed an outboard DAC.
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Optical doesn't really have any advantage over HDMI except that you can get it on much more and much cheaper devices. HDMI is also nice if and when BluRay goes in your rig. Basically I'd say optical is definitely good enough, cost and availability make it a very attractive option, but HDMI is nice to have and will only become nicer as time goes by. Concerts on BluRay are actually looking to be fairly numerous.
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I need to get out of the head-fi mode. I think about everything in terms of headphones and stereo now. By all means HDMI will offer more features and bandwidth than optical and digital coax, though I can't think of any competent PC HDMI audio setups right now, which is a problem in itself.
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hehe, my bad. Back to the point, for all intensive purposes, the Prelude is more than enough
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